US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson slammed Moscow on Tuesday for what he called a campaign of force, intimidation and subterfuge in an attempt to overpower neighbors and reassert a position of dominance on the world stage.
Tillerson said the United States and its European allies would like to have better relations with Russia, but that its behavior under President Vladimir Putin made that impossible, citing Moscow’s 2014 “invasion of the largest country in Europe,” Ukraine.
“We will not stand for this violation of international norms,” Tillerson said. He said he has told Moscow that until it withdraws its forces from neighboring Ukraine, relations with Washington will never be normal.
Tillerson’s comments at the nonpartisan Wilson Center think tank in Washington in some ways confirmed the obvious — that President Trump’s repeated calls for warmer relations with Moscow, and his unstinting praise for Putin, have failed to produce tangible results, as reported by Los Angeles Times.